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Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 01/23/2017 00:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [577 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How many channels can she get ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2017 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Certainly Disney.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2017 0:54 Comments || Top||

#3  NBC, too.
Posted by: gorb || 01/23/2017 3:25 Comments || Top||

#4  I don't think I'd care.....................as long as she gets the Golf channel.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/23/2017 7:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Incompatible with modern remotes. Requires some dexterity. You may remember what to do. Box flap has instructions.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2017 7:13 Comments || Top||

#6  ...as long as you can decipher broken English.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/23/2017 8:46 Comments || Top||

#7  That's from along time ago, the days of silent television.
Posted by: Fred || 01/23/2017 10:05 Comments || Top||

#8  That's from along time ago, the days of silent television.

The good old days.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/23/2017 11:19 Comments || Top||

#9  One sunny day in January, 2017, an old man approaches the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He speaks to the U.S. Marine standing guard and says,

“I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

The Marine looks at the man and says,

“Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here.”

The old man says,

“Okay,” and walks away.

The following day the same man approaches the White House and says to the same Marine,

“I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

The Marine again tells the man,

“Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here.”

The man thanks him and again walks away.

On the third day, the same man approaches the White House and speaks to the very same U.S. Marine, saying,

“I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looks at the man and says,

“Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I’ve told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”

The old man looks at the Marine and says,

“Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.”

The Marine snaps to attention, salutes, and says,

“See you tomorrow, Sir!”
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/23/2017 19:55 Comments || Top||

#10  Let's designate the above 192.45.

Posted by: Shipman || 01/23/2017 22:44 Comments || Top||

#11  "192.45 . . . ."

"Whaaaa ha ha ha!"
Posted by: gorb || 01/23/2017 23:11 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
41 Bad Guys die in Afghanistan
At least 41 militants were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Sunday.

According to a statement by MoD, at least 25 militants were also wounded during the operations which were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Kapisa, Uruzgan, Kandahar, Kunduz, and Helmand provinces.

The majority of the militants were killed in Khakrez and Maiwand districts where 33 militants were killed and 15 others were wounded, MoD said.

At least 5 of the militants were killed in Buz Kandahari and Hazrat Sultan areas of Kunduz, the statement said, adding that 10 militants were also wounded.

The Afghan forces also killed 3 militants during a separate operation in Zurmat district of Paktia province.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan forces are busy conducting their annual counter-terrorism operation which were launched in response to Taliban’s annual spring offensive.

The group announced its offensive in mid-April last year amid ongoing efforts to end the violence through reconciliation and negotiations.
Posted by: badanov || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Taking the edge off of the 'Spring Offensive.' Excellent work !
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2017 8:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Early admission.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2017 10:26 Comments || Top||


Suicide bombing attack against Taliban underboss in Kunar leaves 4 dead
A suicide attack targeted a top Taliban leader in Kunduz province in north of Afghanistan, leaving at least four people dead.

According to the security officials, the incident took place on Saturday night in Dashti Archi district after a suicide bomber detonated himself among the Taliban fighters.

Commander of the 808 Spinzar Zone, Sher Aziz Kamawal, told VOA’s Afghanistan service that four Taliban insurgents were killed in the attack.

He said Taliban’s shadow governor for Kunduz Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund was wounded in the attack.

According to Kamawal, the suicide bomber had came from the restive Achin district of Nangarhar for the suicide attack.

Local residents have said Mullah Abdul Salam was invited in a party in Tark village where he was targeted by the bomber.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack which comes as the infighting among the Taliban group has been rise during the recent years.

Taliban is also facing threats from the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group who are mainly based in Achin, Kot, Haska Mina and some other remote districts of Nangarhar.
Posted by: badanov || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


ISIS actively recruiting in Kunar
Lessee: An AR-15, a pickup truck and $1k a month. No, wait. That's the cartels, and that's in Mexico
The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have started recruitment in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, it has been reported.

Provincial high peace council officials and some local tribal elders have informed regarding the recruitment process of the ISIS group in this province.

The head of the high peace council for Kunar, Mohammad Ismail Munib, told RFE/RL that the loyalist of the terror group have started advertisements and are spreading propaganda among the residents of Kunar.

He said the issue has sparked concerns among the local residents and ISIS loyalists move among the people to attract them to their ranks.

Shahwali Salarzai, head of Kunar’s labor association, has said the group could attract the jobless youths whose numbers are considerably high.

This comes as the Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials said Saturday that the terror group still pose serious threats to Afghanistan despite their hardly suppressed in counter-terrorism operations.

MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi told reporters in Kabul that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) continue to maintain pressure on the loyalists of the terror group in East of Afghanistan.

Sediqi further added that ISIS loyalists have managed to harm the residents of Nangarhar province and more operations have been conducted to prevent ISIS loyalists expand foothold in Nangarhar districts and other provinces.
Posted by: badanov || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


3 Taliban supported groups dismantled in Kandahar
Three Taliban terrorist groups have been dismantled after 16 insurgents were arrested in southern Kandahar province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement on Sunday.

The groups were headed by Mawlawi Sayed Mohammad, Mullah Raz Mohammad and Mullah Mirza Mohammad.

According to the NDS the groups had been involved in insurgency in the province including the planting of roadside mines, terrorizing government employees, and carrying out group attacks on check posts in Arghandab, Daman and Shah Wali Kot districts of the province.

The insurgents were arrested during NDS operations in different parts of the province, according to the statement.

However, the statement did not provide more details about the operations.
Posted by: badanov || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Top NISA officer survives grenade attack in Baidoa
Suspected Al shabaab members have hurled a grenade bomb at the residence of a senior NISA officer in the southern strategic town of Baidoa on Saturday night, officials said.

Confirming the incident, Aden Ali better known as (Ali Arab) who is the deputy commissioner of Baidoa administration said the assailants fled the scene and a manhunt was underway. The officials blamed Al shabaab for the attempted assassination against the NISA officer.

The attack happened hours after a bomb at a police station in Jowhar city has killed the police commander of Middle Shabelle region Col. Khalif Abdulle Arfaye and his body guard.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Shaboobs kill police boss in Jowhar grenade blast
Al shabaab attackers have hurled grenade bomb into police station in Jowhar town lies about 90Km north of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, witness and police said.

The explosion has killed police chief in Middle Shabelle, whose name has been identified as Col. Khalif Abdulle Arfaye, police said. The attackers reportedly fled from the crime scene.

In an online statement, the armed group of Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on the station that left the police boss dead.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa Subsaharan
14 pro government militia die in Mali
[al-Manar] A pro-government militia in Mali said that it had lost 14 fighters in an attack blamed on former rebels Saturday, three days after a suicide car bomber left more than 70 dead.

Some 77 people were killed and 120 wounded in the suicide blast Wednesday which targeted a camp in northern Gao housing former rebels and pro-government militia — who are signatories to a 2015 peace accord struck with the government.

Hundreds of people gathered in the capital Bamako Saturday to pay their respects to victims of the attack on the last of three days of national mourning called by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The attack, Mali’s worst in years, was claimed by the group of Algerian terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, allied to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

The attack occurred as former rebels from the Tuareg-led CMA movement prepared to go on a joint patrol with pro-government militia members under the terms of the peace deal.

Despite hopes of unity in the wake of the blast, fresh clashes broke out Saturday between groups that have signed up to the agreement, according to the pro-government group GATIA (the Imghad and Allies Tuareg Self-Defence Group).

A post near Tin-Assako in the northeastern Kidal region was attacked Saturday, GATIA secretary general Fahad Ag Almahoud said, accusing “elements of the CMA” — referring to ex-rebels from the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA).

The information was confirmed by a Kidal resident reached by telephone, but the CMA did not immediately respond to the allegations.

The United Nations has deployed 13,000 troops in Mali while France, the former colonial power, has an additional 4,000 soldiers stationed there.

The UN Security Council agreed last week to consider setting up a sanctions regime for Mali to punish those who are hindering efforts to implement the 2015 peace accord.
Posted by: badanov || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA).

I misread it as "Coordination of Awkward Movements".
Posted by: Pappy || 01/23/2017 8:50 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemen's Sanaa airport in loyalist artillery range
[Asharq Al-Awsat] Aden, Taiz- Yemeni armed forces continue advancing across all battlefronts taking place at the insurgency-held enclave, Sana’a. Pro-government forces have recorded a considerable push into Sana’a’s Nihm district, local sources said.

The Sana’a airport is now brought into military fire-range, said Popular Resistance Abdullah al Sahndaqi told Asharq Al-Awsat. Houthi-led militias have been exploiting the Sana’a airport against the international community.

In exchange of allowing aid planes to land at the airport, militias want to have the green light on resuming ‘civil’ flights at the airport.

Renewed fighting in Nihm is both fierce and intense, al Shandaqi said.

“Pro-government forces have liberated strategic mountains overlooking the areas Harshafa and Daboua,” added al Shandaqi.

“At least 16 insurgency militants have been killed, and dozens wounded .. another seven were arrested, ” he said.

The Popular Resistance spokesman explained that the areas brought into government control oversees Sana’a’s eastern gates and will greatly aid in future endeavors to free the capital from insurgency hold.

Iran-aligned militants continue to record losses amidst a substantial lowering of morale. Aided by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces, the Yemeni National Army and Popular Resistance succeeded in weakening insurgency, chiefly composed of Iran-backed Houthi and Saleh militias, in a number of the Yemeni directorates. Dissent continues to grow louder among the Yemeni tribes against these militias.

Yemeni tribes revealed that Houhti and Saleh militias have come to enforce foreign agendas seeking to destroy Yemen.

Political analysts said that these facts have made the tribes to withdraw fighters from the troops of coup militias while the Houhti and ousted Saleh militias are forcing students to join their ranks.

Taiz, one of the key battlegrounds on which national forces have pushed through, have come under repeated rebel fire.

A medical source at the city’s Al-Rawda hospital told AFP that seven civilians were also wounded by the insurgency’s mortar fire.

A loyalist military source said that the rockets struck one after the other in the city’s Al-Nour district.

The National Army and the Popular Resistance have made a significant progress on seven fronts under the air support of the Arab coalition.
Posted by: badanov || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting
[NATION.PK] Air strikes and heavy festivities between rebel and pro-government forces in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
had killed at least 66 people in 24 hours, medics and security sources said Sunday.

Air raids by a Saudi-led coalition and fighting near the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait killed at least 52 fighters among Shiite Houthis and allied troops loyal to ex-president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, the sources said.

Fourteen members of pro-government forces were also killed.

The rebels took their dead to a military hospital in Hodeida, a major western port city they control, a medical source told AFP.

The hospital received 14 dead on Saturday and 38 on Sunday, as well as 55 maimed rebels, the source said.

On the pro-government side, 14 soldiers were killed and 22 maimed, according to medics in the southern port city of Aden where President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government is based.

Coalition warplanes and Apache attack helicopters have been pounding rebels for several days in support of pro-Hadi forces attempting to retake the Red Sea city of Mokha, military sources said.

Pro-Hadi forces launched the vast offensive on January 7 to retake the region overlooking the Bab al-Mandab strait, a key maritime route connecting the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

By Sunday, loyalist forces were within 10 kilometres (six miles) of Mokha, they said, but the offensive has been slowed by mines laid by rebel forces.
Posted by: Fred || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [465 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Suspected U.S. drone strike kills three alleged al Qaeda members in Yemen
[CBSNEWS] Suspected U.S. dronezaps have killed three alleged al Qaeda operatives in Yemen’s southwestern Bayda province, security and tribal officials said, the first such killings reported in the country since Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
assumed the U.S. presidency Friday.

The two Saturday strikes killed Abu Anis al-Abi, an area field commander, and two others, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
as they were not authorized to release the information to journalists.

U.S. dronezaps against suspected al Qaeda targets have been commonplace in the years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, as a retaliatory measure against the group. The use of unmanned aircraft as well as air strikes in the Arab world’s poorest country rose dramatically under President Barack Obama
Republicans can come along for the ride, but they've got to sit in the back...
, with data from the Britannia-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism showing spikes in attacks, especially in 2012 and 2016.
Posted by: Fred || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  Three possibles for continuance of mission:

1. Leftover authorization from the Obama administration

2. New authorization under the Trump administration

3. Authorization by the IC “under the leadership of its senior professional personnel”, as per Senators Wyden, Leahy and Blumenthal.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/23/2017 8:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Suspected U.S. dronezaps have killed three alleged al Qaeda operatives

Suspected and alleged.
It may not have happened.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2017 11:25 Comments || Top||


Europe
Germany arrests 'accomplice' of Austrian terror suspect
[AlAhram] German police said Sunday they have jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a man accused of having ties to a suspected Islamic bully boy captured in Austria and thought to have been plotting an attack.

A front man for state police in North Rhine-Westphalia said the man, 21, was taken into custody on Saturday in the western city of Neuss on a warrant for "planning a serious crime targeting the state".

A front man for the Austrian interior ministry, Karl-Heinz Grundboeck, confirmed that the arrest "is linked" to that of a 17-year-old man -- not 18 as previously indicated -- in Vienna on Friday evening.

"Investigations are continuing," Grundboeck told AFP.

Both German and Austrian authorities declined to comment further but media reports in both countries said that the two had experimented with making explosives in the flat in Neuss.

German news magazine Focus had reported earlier, citing judicial sources, that the elite SEK command force had stormed the man's flat on suspicion he was planning a bombing targeting police and soldiers.

German police confiscated computers and mobile phones from the home, and the suspect's wife was temporarily detained for questioning, according to the reports.

They added that the Austrian suspect has told Sherlocks that he had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group and revealed the link to the alleged accomplice in Germany.

Austrian authorities said that the suspect, who turns 18 in the coming days, was transferred to the Justizanstalt Josefstadt prison in Vienna on Sunday afternoon.

Press reports named him as Lorenz K., born in Austria to parents of Albanian origin and who grew up in the small town of Neunkirchen south of Vienna.

The reports said that he possibly became radicalised while serving a year in prison from 2014-15 for assault.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Fifth Column
Many Arrested Inauguration Day Protesters Will Face Felony Rioting Charges
[DFW.CBSLOCAL] Most of the approximately 230 protesters tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
on Inauguration Day will be charged with felony rioting, federal prosecutors said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The office said most of those arrested will be released without having to post bail and must return to court in February.
You'll never see them again. That's the mistake right there, and one that I hope Mr. Sessions tightens up...
A first group of 10 men appeared in Superior Court just before 3 p.m., and their lawyer entered a not guilty plea on their behalf. A judge released all of them on the condition they not get re-arrested in the District of Columbia.

Interim D.C. police chief Peter Newsham said Friday that 217 people were being charged with rioting.

The arrests took place in a four-block stretch of downtown Washington around the time of President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.

The arrests came after some protesters created chaos. Windows of downtown businesses were smashed, and police deployed pepper spray and "sting balls" against the crowd.
Posted by: Fred || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [625 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "sting balls"

Are those shotgun pellets?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2017 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  "You'll never see them again. That's the mistake right there, and one that I hope Mr. Sessions tightens up..."

I thought the United States Marshals tracked down such types.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 01/23/2017 1:42 Comments || Top||

#3  You'll never see them again.

These are Yuppies, not hippies, they're not going to drop their comfortable lives and run.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/23/2017 1:45 Comments || Top||

#4  We will see them again on the internet, where we find most of you anti-civil discourse types.
Pointed you out already
Posted by: newc || 01/23/2017 2:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Kinda hope that they do not appear, then when they try to do anything that requires a ID, SSN, Passport or even a traffic ticket and the govt. notices and picks them up then they can be additionally charged with another felony.
Bail usually is set higher for those that are charged with "failure to appear" too.
Posted by: Bill Omerenter2138 || 01/23/2017 7:44 Comments || Top||

#6  I am not a lawyer, but how the heck do you get released on your own recognizance for a FELONY charge?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/23/2017 9:42 Comments || Top||

#7  I think the DC system requires every person charged to be fingerprinted and photographed. This alone may get people to return for the trial.

With respect to bail or no bail, the judge has considerable discretion. If the alleged felon does not represent a threat to the community or a flight risk, then no bail will be required even if it is a felony. Determining 'threat' and 'flight risk' is obviously subjective.
Posted by: lord garth || 01/23/2017 10:30 Comments || Top||

#8  These are Yuppies, not hippies,

I suspect they are professionals, g(r)omgoru. The videos showed them uniformly dressed all in black, snug-fitting clothing that is hard to grab, sturdy hiking boots suitable for running, backpacks, with hoods or hats covering their hair and kerchiefs tied over their mouths and noses -- the latter help protect against police gasses, but the totality covers markers for identification. They came with crow bars and a few baseball bats, which they used efficiently to break shop and car windows, and brought along their own nurses, lawyers, and camera persons to record events while preventing outsiders for making an independent record. These people are on a Soros payroll, and have been since they started training as teams.

Here's hoping the police cloned all their phones and is looking into their social media.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/23/2017 12:19 Comments || Top||

#9  TW, I stand corrected - a new American profession: professional rioter.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/23/2017 12:30 Comments || Top||

#10  Send all the ones paid by Soros to Brazilian prisons. I hear they like to riot a lot there.
Posted by: gorb || 01/23/2017 12:30 Comments || Top||

#11  I am not a lawyer, but how the heck do you get released on your own recognizance for a FELONY charge?

Overcrowd the prison. Less overcrowding when they're stopped a couple months from now on their outstanding bench warrant for 'failure to show' is up picked on 'wants and warrants' someplace else. Enjoy the 'hold'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/23/2017 13:31 Comments || Top||

#12  Agree w/ P2K: Let the thugs leave and then like savings bonds, the warrants 'mature;' extra charges and all that goes with it. What's not to like??
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 01/23/2017 14:19 Comments || Top||

#13  some lawyers hired by the rioters (or their friends or their sponsors) are already alleging the police misbehaved
Posted by: lord garth || 01/23/2017 14:50 Comments || Top||

#14  So, can you deport Trump to Russia - I hear Vlad wants to have a "soul to soul" (as the Russians call it) talk with him?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/23/2017 14:53 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Military holds major operation against PKK in Mardin
Turkish security forces have launched a major operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Mardin. Clashes erupted between the security forces and PKK militants in the Artuklu and Kızıltepe districts of the province, prompting the authorities to impose a curfew in the Sulak neighborhood of Artuklu.

The security forces have tracked a woman seen in front of the district governor’s office in the Kızıltepe district and carried out a raid in a house in the Atatürk neighborhood on Jan. 21, where the woman had been heading to. Clashes erupted during the raid and the woman, who was determined to be a PKK militant, was “neutralized,” according to the military, adding that another PKK militant was “neutralized” early on Jan. 22.

It was later determined that a group of PKK militants were between central Artuklu and Nusaybin districts. Upon that discovery, a wide-scale operation was launched in the area, during which two PKK militants were caught and two others managed to escape. According to the security forces, a PKK militant code-named “Kawa,” who was among the perpetrators of the PKK attack in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Jan. 16, which left five soldiers dead, was also caught in the operation.

As clashes intensified, a curfew was imposed in the Sulak neighborhood, and the Governor’s Office released a statement on Jan. 22 saying that operations would be carried out in the area.

Meanwhile, a large cache of weapons and ammunition was found in the Fırat neighborhood of Nusaybin, where a curfew has been in force, including a rocket launcher, home-made explosives and rifles.

Another operation has been ongoing against PKK militants with aerial support in the Doğubeyazıt district of the eastern province of Ağrı since Jan. 19. According to a statement released by the Governor’s Office, village guards and four battalions of soldiers are participating in the operation.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Sought DHKP-C militant caught in Turkey’s northwest
An outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C)
...which sometimes has Marxist at the beginning of its name and sometimes is described as "a radical, ultra-leftist group"...
militant who attacked the Istanbul police headquarters and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters late on Jan. 20 was apprehended by police in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ on Jan. 22.

DHKP-C militant Şerif Turunç, 43, who was sought by the Interior Ministry with an arrest warrant and a 300,000-Turkish Liras reward, carried out the attacks with a light anti-tank weapon.

According to newly obtained information, Turunç entered Turkey illegally with another DHKP-C militant, Bilgehan Karpat, and he attempted to return to Greece by changing the way he looks in order not to be recognized.

A glock weapon was found on him when he was apprehended.

Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin said on Twitter late on Jan. 20 that no one was injured in the attack on the police headquarters, and an investigation had been launched.

No injuries were reported after the attack on the AKP headquarters, which came an hour-and-a-half after the initial attack, according to a Twitter post by the AKP’s provincial head, Selim Temurci, on Jan. 20. He told reporters later on Jan. 20 that the rocket pierced the wall of the building but did not explode, adding that two assailants were involved in the attack. The rocket reportedly did not explode due to malfunction in the device.

Police determined that the fingerprints on the weapons were the same, and police are evaluating whether Karpat is the second militant involved in the attacks.

The police started a massive manhunt after the attacks and carried out raids. Security forces raided 15 addresses across Turkey’s largest city and five people were taken into custody over suspected links to the attacker.

According to the allegations, Turunç was seen in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district on Jan. 21. He arrived in the Bağlarçeşme neighborhood via a taxi and got out of the vehicle after seeing the police. He then fired on the police vehicle from behind. Clashes erupted after the police fired back.

Turunç entered side-streets during the clashes and managed to escape after leaving a hand grenade and his backpack at the scene. Plenty of police officers and bomb disposal teams were dispatched to the scene. A weapon, hand gloves, rope, medicine and several clothes were found in the backpack.

The police examined the taxi and took fingerprints from it after the incident. The taxi driver, who was not identified, said Turunç threatened him by saying that he was carrying a bomb. The police have been investigating the security cameras around the scene.
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India-Pakistan
Over 20 ‘militants’ lay down arms
[DAWN] QUETTA: Three suspected commanders of a banned militant group laid down their arms on Saturday along with their 21 associates in the Sui area of Dera Bugti district and announced that they were abandoning their armed struggle and joining the mainstream.

According to officials, the banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA) ‘commanders’ Wali Hotkani, Abdul Qadir and Imam Bakhsh handed over their weapons along with the other militants to Frontier Corps officers at a ceremony held in Sui town.

Officials, a large number of tribal elders and other people attended the ceremony.

“We have decided to abandon the armed struggle and join the mainstream to serve our people who have been facing great difficulties for a long time,” Imam Bakhsh said, adding that his group had long been operating in the area.
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2 shot to death in Quetta
Unidentified assailants opened fire and killed two people in Quetta's Satellite Town area on Sunday evening, reported DawnNews.

Police officials said the gunmen were on a motorcycle when they opened fire and critically injured two tribal locals.

The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital in Quetta but they succumbed to their injuries.

The motive behind the attack remains to be ascertained. The assailants escaped unhurt from the crime scene.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing. Police and personnel from other law enforcement agencies reached the spot and an investigation is underway.

Balochistan has been experiencing incident violence and targeted killings since more than a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.

While sectarian terrorism in Balochistan has disproportionately targeted the Hazara community, easily identifiable because of their distinctive physical appearance, other Shias — especially pilgrims travelling to and from Iran — have not been spared either.
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Seven suspects arrested in search operation after Parachinar blast
[DAWN] Seven suspects were locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
following a search operation after a blast at a market in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
's Parachinar area left at least 25 people dead and 87 others maimed a day earlier.
Seven Cities of Gold...
Assistant Political Agent Shahid Ali Khan on Sunday confirmed that the political administration of the agency had arrested seven suspects.
Seven Wonders of the World...
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, in a meeting with the people of the area, lauded the support of the local citizens in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Seven Samurai...
He praised the citizens of Parachinar for maintaining tribal and sectarian harmony and said it is a "source of national harmony and integration".
The Magnificent Seven...
General Bajwa, on the request of the people, also announced the setting up of an Army Public School in the area to impart quality education, added the ISPR statement.
Seven Sacraments...
On the occasion tribal elders from the area also thanked the army chief for announcing the setting up of a school and sharing their sorrow.
Seven Deadly Sins...
General Bajwa visiting maimed. -ISPR
Seven Suspects of Parachinar...
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#1  Seven Broads for Seven Bubbas...
Posted by: Shipman || 01/23/2017 16:11 Comments || Top||


81 suspects apprehended alongwith huge cache of weapons in Balochistan: ISPR
[NATION.PK] FC Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
along with other LEAs apprehended 81 suspects and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition during last week foiling terrorist actions. Alongside, 32 Area Dominating operations were also carried out in Quetta city in collaboration with young volunteers from civil society.

According to ISPR, security forces are also engaged in area domination and counter terrorism operations in southern zone of Quetta in Sibi-Sui-Dalbadin- Kahan zone. A large number of holy warriors including from BRA and BLA have surrendered to security forces bringing stability in the Areas.

Meanwhile FC troops continued their effort to assist civil population in snow affected areas of Balochistan.
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#1  Blow'em in place.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2017 1:28 Comments || Top||


3 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, including 2 Pakistanis, sentenced to death
[BUSINESS-STANDARD] Three Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
Lion of Islams, including two Pak nationals tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
by BSF in 2007 from the Indo-Bangladesh border at Petrapole, were today sentenced to death by a court in Bongaon in West Bengal's North 24-Parganas district in a case of waging war against the government.

Pak gunnies Mohammed Younus and Abdullah and an Indian, Muzaffar Ahmed Rathod, were sentenced to death by judge Binay Kumar Pathak of Bongaon fast track court-1.

The three have been booked under IPC Sections 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war) and 122 (collecting arms with intention of waging war against the Government of India), CID DIG (Operations) Nishad Pervej told PTI.

Abdullah and Younus are residents of Pakistain's Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and Haripur respectively, while Rathod hailed from Jammu and Kashmire's Anantnag.

They were arrested by BSF while trying to enter India through its international border with Bangladesh at Petrapole on April 4, 2007.

"They had a plan to attack army camps in Jammu and Kashmire, but before they could proceed with their plan they were caught by BSF and handed over to Bangaon cop shoppe," he said.

The probe found that all the four were well-trained in using AK-47 rifle, hand grenades and manufacturing bombs.

Sheikh Abdullah Nayeem alias Sameer from Maharashtra, another LeT Lion of Islam who was also arrested along with them, had managed to flee in 2013 when he was being taken to Mumbai.

During investigation, it was found that Abdullah was a teacher while Sheikh Abdullah Nayeem was an engineer by profession. They were involved in an incident of kaboom in Mumbai.

The three underwent polygraph tests, narco tests and brain mapping during the probe conducted by the state CID, he said.
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Iraq
Just When You Thought ISIS Couldn't Do Anything Worse
[Clarion Project] In the Al Hawija district of Iraq's Kirkuk province, which ISIS has controlled since June 2014, ISIS has devised the most horrific forms of execution.

ISIS cut out a man’s heart and ate it while he was still alive, as well as executing seven people it accused of spying for the regime with a bulldozer.

Sources in the Kirkuk province who requested anonymity spoke to Al Sumariya News on Sunday relating the latest horrors perpetrated by Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

"Islamic State [ISIS/ISIL] used a bulldozer to execute seven people that were charged with contacting government forces. The bulldozer ran them over while they were alive. Among the people who were executed were people who belonged to the Iraqi security forces," the source said.

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#1  I saw the movie.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/23/2017 13:13 Comments || Top||


In Mosul Battle, Iraq Forces Face Fewer IS-Planted Bombs
[AnNahar] Iraqi forces used to facing deserted, explosives-rigged streets and booby-trapped buildings have not encountered as many bombs planted by jihadists in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
as they did in earlier battles against them.

The Islamic State
Continued on Page 49
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Anbar Antics


Iraqi warbirds destroy munitions cache near Qaim distrct

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Ministry of Defense’s War Media Cell announced on Sunday destroying an explosives factory and a cache of weapons belonging to the Islamic State, west of Anbar.

The Cell said in a press statement, “Iraqi Air Force conducted an air strike, based on information obtained from the National Security Service, destructing a cache of weapons belonging to the Islamic State in Qaim District, west of Anbar.”

“Another air strike by the Iraqi Air Force resulted in destroying an explosives factory, as well as killing a number of the Islamic State’s members who were hiding in Qaim Asphalt Factory, west of Anbar,” the statement added.

Earlier today, Jazeera Operations Command announced killing five fighters of the Islamic State, in addition to destroying a booby-trapped vehicle, west of Anbar.
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Militiaman dies in bomb attack in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Diyala Province revealed that one of al-Hashd al-Ashaeri’s fighters was killed in the explosion of an improvised explosive device, northeast of Baqubah, Alsumaria News reported on Sunday.

The source said, “An improvised explosive device, emplaced on an agriculture road side near al-Aali village (44 km northeast of Baqubah) exploded, this morning, targeting a vehicle of al-Hashd al-Ashaeri.”

“The explosion resulted in the killing of a fighter of al-Hashd al-Ashaeri, as well as causing damage to the vehicle,” the source added.

“Security forces opened an investigation into the incident to determine its circumstances,” the source explained.

Noteworthy, several attacks were launched against the fighters of al-Hashd al-Ashaeri in different areas of Diyala in the last few months.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


5 wounded in bombing in Taji area

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) An improvised explosive device explosion, north of Baghdad, either killed or wounded five persons, a police source told Alsumaria News on Sunday.

The source said, “An improvised explosive device, emplaced on the roadside in al-Sena’I neighborhood in Taji area, north of Baghdad, exploded at noon today, killing one civilians and wounding four others.”

“Security forces rushed to the area of incident, while ambulances transferred the dead body to the forensic medicine department and the wounded to a nearby hospital,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

The capital, Baghdad, is witnessing several attacks and acts of violent, in addition to separate attacks against civilians and security members.

6 wounded in bomb attack in Bab al-Moazim area

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A police source revealed that a civilian was killed and five others were wounded in a bomb blast in central Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Sunday.

The source said, “An improvised explosive device, emplaced near a garage in Bab al-Moazim area in central Baghdad exploded, at noon today, killing a civilian and wounding five others with several injuries.”

“Security forces cordoned off the area of incident, while ambulances transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital and the body to the forensic medicine department,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

Earlier today, a bomb exploded in Zayouna area, east of Baghdad, wounding one civilians, while another bomb exploded in al-Taji, north of Baghdad, killing one civilians and wounding four others.
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Mosul: Iraqi forces 'liberate' east from ISIL fighters
[Al Jazeera] The Iraqi army announced on Sunday that all districts of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
east of the Tigris River had been cleared of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS) fighters, after retaking two areas.

Government forces also said that the army has sealed control of the east, with the exception of al-Rashidiya neighbourhood, located north of the city.

A military statement announced that the Iraqi army recaptured "Al-Milayeen neighbourhood and al-Binaa al-Jahiz area, and raised the Iraqi flag over the buildings."

"These are the last neighbourhoods of the centre of the city (on) the left bank," the statement added, referring to eastern Mosul.

According to the statement, federal forces had retaken control of the road linking Mosul, Iraq's second city, to Dohuk, a scenic provincial capital in the west of the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, had already declared the city's east "liberated" on Wednesday, and has previously said that the group would be driven out of the country by April.

Residents of parts of eastern Mosul have already attempted to resume a normal daily life, despite the circulation of goods being restricted.

Also on Sunday, dozens of students gathered at the gate of the University of Mosul, which had been the group’s headquarters throughout its rule which began in 2014.

They celebrated the recapture of one of the country's most prestigious institutions, but now severely damaged due to the fighting, by chanting slogans, raising an Iraqi flag above the campus entrance, and a banner calling for its reopening.

In a separate incident, ISIS destroyed a landmark hotel in an attack in Western Mosul on Friday, as an attempt to prevent government forces advancing from potentially utilizing it as a base.

According to witnesses, the kaboom on the Mosul Hotel left the pyramid shaped building tilted to one side.

The hotel stands close to the Tigris River, which divides the city. Government forces are reportedly preparing to attack the western bank in efforts force out ISIS group fighters in Mosul, their last major stronghold in the country.

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SAS sniper kills THREE ISIS fighters with a single shot
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] The senior ISIS members were prepping to fire shots at women and children

  • The sniper fired his single from a L115A sniper rifle from a range of 1,800m

  • The bullet first struck the man holding the machine gun in the head

  • It then hit second terrorist in the chest and passed through his body

  • The bullet ricocheted off a wall and hit a third man in the neck

  • The operation took place in a remote northern Iraqi village in November
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#1  .338
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2017 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Knowing the SAS, he may have planned it that way. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 01/23/2017 1:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Do I hear four? Four, four, anybody want to go four?
Posted by: Bobby || 01/23/2017 12:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Somewhere, Minnesota Fats is nodding in agreement (and a bit of envy).
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 01/23/2017 14:21 Comments || Top||

#5  The L115A also comes in .300 Winchester Magnum.
Posted by: badanov || 01/23/2017 15:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Midway USA carries both rounds. The .300 Win runs an average of about $2.50 per round. The Lapua, (you pick the brand) nearly twice that. Very pricey shooting.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2017 15:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Get that man more ammo.
Posted by: Iblis || 01/23/2017 19:03 Comments || Top||


Islamic State blows up Mosul hotel to prevent Iraqi forces using it
[REUTERS] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
blew up a landmark hotel in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
on Friday in an apparent attempt to prevent advancing Iraqi forces from using it as a base in their offensive to capture the city, witnesses said on Sunday.

The Mosul Hotel, shaped as a stepped pyramid, appeared to be leaning to one side after the kabooms, two witnesses said by phone. They requested anonymity, saying the snuffies killed those they caught communicating with the outside world.

The Mosul Hotel stands close to the Tigris river which divides the city. Iraqi forces appear about to take full control of the east and to be preparing to attack the western bank.

A U.S.-led coalition is providing air and ground support to the Iraqi forces in their campaign to take back Mosul from the hardline Sunni group, which captured the city in 2014 and declared a "caliphate" that also spanned parts of Syria.

The Iraqi army announced on Sunday that all districts of Mosul east of the Tigris had been cleared of Islamic State snuffies except one, al-Rashidiya in the north.

State TV said the army had set up several bridges across the Tigris, south of Mosul, to facilitate the movement of troops in preparation for the offensive on the western side of the city.

Mosul's five bridges across the Tigris had already been partially damaged by U.S.-led air strikes to slow the bully boys' movement, before Islamic State blew up two of them.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas Releases Islamic State Loyalists From Detention
This is getting silly. Only yesterday we had the report they'd been arrested, though to be fair it didn't say when that happened, and immediately afterward they tell a Breitbart reporter they'd turned some loose -- what are they playing at?
[Breitbart] Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, has released 13 Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
loyalists from detention after they were tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
three months ago as part of the movement’s attempts to reconcile with Egyptian authorities by cracking down on radical Islamists in the Strip, a top jihadi operative in Gazoo told Breitbart Jerusalem.

The unannounced release included jihadists who tried to resist arrest by firing on Hamas troops, as well as others who were arrested while firing rockets at Israel, the operative said.

Another freed detainee was Ahmad Taleb, a jihadi Death Eater who was arrested wearing an boom belt en route to join IS ranks in Sinai, the operative said.

The source said that the release of the detainees resulted from an agreement between Hamas and Welayat Sinai,
...previously known as Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, currently affiliated with ISIS, before that pledging their blood and their lives to Al Qaeda...
IS’ Egyptian affiliate. As part of the agreement, Welayat Sinai facilitated the smuggling of goods through cross-border tunnels connecting Sinai and the Gazoo Strip, a move that had been delayed for months after Hamas refused to allow maimed IS fighters into the Strip for medical care.

However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
he said, more than 700 jihadists remain in Hamas facilities. He charged that Hamas seeks to do Egypt’s bidding, hoping to be rewarded with the lifting of the blockade on Gazoo, while at the same time strengthening its ties with Cairo at the expense of Ramallah.

Last week, Egypt temporarily opened the crossing and started developing a commercial zone to facilitate exchanges of goods, but remains determined that progress will rely on security cooperation.

Some Hamas officials have protested what they deemed the slow pace of Egypt’s gestures towards them. They claim that Egypt will not give them preference over the Paleostinian Authority and Cairo’s approach is tactical and temporary. Therefore, they say, Hamas should not alienate Sinai jihadists.

A Hamas police official confirmed the release of the Death Eaters, while refusing to indicate their number. He said that the release was part of an agreement with IS in Sinai.
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#1  "hamas", "islamic state", "muslim brotherhood", "al-qaeda", "boko haram" - these are irrelevant distinctions

They all want SHARIA hence they are all the enemy.
Posted by: anon1 || 01/23/2017 5:03 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Indonesian authorities detain 17 nationals returning from Syria
[AlAhram] Indonesian authorities have detained 17 nationals returning from Syria, including children, suspected of being involved in radical activity, officials told Rooters on Sunday.

Immigration office front man Agung Sampurno said the people, including a two year-old girl and a three year-old boy, were nabbed
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
at Soekarno-Hatta airport upon disembarking an Istanbul-Jakarta Turkish Airline flight on Saturday.

They have been handed over to the police's anti-terrorism unit for questioning, Sampurno said.

"They are currently still under an interrogation process. If we find any relation to crime on terrorism, we will continue the investigation. If not, they will be handed over to their families," the chief of Densus 88, police's anti-terrorism unit, Eddy Hartono told Rooters.

Police have been monitoring dozens of returning citizens over concerns they could be linking up with networks to equip a new generation of bandidos holy warriors with the skills and equipment required to launch a major attack at home.

Police killed 33 people and arrested 170 in 2016 for foiled attempts to launch attacks, a significant increase compared to 2015, according to their statistics.

A gun and bomb assault in the heart of Jakarta in January 2016 killed four people and was the first attack in Southeast Asia claimed by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Pentagon Denies U.S. - Russia Combat Strike Coordination
[Daily Beast] The Pentagon on Monday denied a claim from the Russian Defense Ministry that the country’s planes flew a combat mission in Syria alongside U.S.-led coalition forces. The spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the counter-ISIS coalition, said in a statement that the U.S. is not "coordinating airstrikes" with Russia in war-torn Syria. "DoD maintains a channel of communication with the Russian military focused solely on ensuring the safety of aircrews and de-confliction of Coalition and Russian operations in Syria," the statement continued. A U.S. defense official echoed that sentiment to The Daily Beast reporter Kim Dozier.
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#1  What could possibly be the harm. Thinking outside the 'kill box'; a friendly competition, pilot exchange, reciprocal club memberships, and golf tournaments.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2017 15:22 Comments || Top||

#2  And getting bombed at the after bombing barbeque!
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2017 17:00 Comments || Top||

#3  The possible harm would be damage to your liver at those after-bombing barbeques. The Russians I've met seem to have an enormous capacity for alcohol - even the girls. Gawd knows what trained professionals could do.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/23/2017 17:48 Comments || Top||

#4  'Because we at the Department of Defense do not cooperate with anyone!'
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/23/2017 19:38 Comments || Top||


ISIS begins retreat from Raqqa
Moscow, Riyadh, Beirut- While eyewitnesses reported on Saturday a mass exodus of ISIS commanders and fighters from the Syrian town of Raqqa to Deir Ezzor, the Kremlin broke its silence concerning disputes with Iran in several issues related to the Syrian file, particularly the current disagreement between Moscow and Tehran regarding the participation of U.S. representatives in the Astana talks.

Eyewitnesses in the Raqqa city told the German news agency that since the start of 2017, hundreds of ISIS commanders and fighters were seen leaving the city in the direction of Deir Ezzor, adding that the majority of the ISIS members were Arab and foreign fighters.

An eyewitness in al-Thakana neighborhood in the Raqqa town told the German news agency that “early this month, ISIS commanders mainly nationals from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey had already left around 30 houses located in the neighborhood of al-Thakana, carrying with them a small quantity of luggage, which seems to only include their clothes.”

The report said that ISIS commanders had also emptied tens of houses in the neighborhoods of al-Firdaous, al-Thakana and Harat al-Haramiya.

ISIS had controlled the Raqqa city at the start of 2014. There are around 500 thousand people living in the city, mainly from the areas of Palmyra, al-Sakhnah and the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib.

Meanwhile, Russia deployed six long-range supersonic Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers from Russian territory to strike ISIS targets in the Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Saturday, according to Russia Today.

The bombers hit militant base camps, weapon stockpiles, and armored vehicles, the report said.

On Saturday, the Kremlin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said during a television interview that Iran had opposed U.S. involvement at the Astana talks.

“But, Russia invited representatives from the U.S. administration to participate in Astana,” Peskov said.
The spokesperson ruled out that the talks would yield to any serious deals.

But, he said, “It’s clear that it will be impossible to constructively regulate the Syrian issue without the participation of the United States.”

The peace negotiations on Syria will take place on Monday in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir received at his office in Riyadh on Saturday General Coordinator of Supreme Commission for Negotiations of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Riad Hijab.
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#1  Looks like they got Trump's message.

U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

Jan. 22, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 25 strikes consisting of 39 engagements in Syria:

-- Near Bab, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an artillery piece and damaged a tactical vehicle.

-- Near Raqqa, 22 strikes engaged 12 ISIL tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, two tunnels, two tanks an improvised-bomb factory and an ISIL headquarters; and suppressed three ISIL tactical units.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed two oil well heads.
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Iraqi rebels eject ISIS from Suwaydiya near Raqqa
[ARA News] Raqqa – Supported by the US-led coalition’s air cover, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expelled Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants from the strategic town of Suwaydiya in western Raqqa, as part of the Euphrates Wrath Operation, officials confirmed on Sunday.

The SDF started to clear the town from ISIS leftovers and landmines.

Abdullah al-Ahmadi, an SDF officer, told ARA News that their forces closed in on Tabqa Dam. “Our forces today liberated the Suwaydiya town from ISIS. We are currently approaching the strategic Tabqa Dam.”

“Soon we’ll attack ISIS at the key dam in order to cut off a main ISIS supply line between the town of Tabqa and Raqqa city,” al-Ahmadi said.

Khaled Hussein, an SDF fighter, also confirmed the route. “We are now very close to taking the Tabqa Dam from ISIS,” he told ARA News.

“The Syrian Democratic Forces, YPG and YPJ are prepared to storm the dam and liberate it from ISIS,” Hussein said.

Islamic State’s militants have been using car bombs, IEDs and landmines in a bid to impede the SDF advance towards the group’s de facto capital city of Raqqa. ISIS has also launched several attempts to infiltrate into SDF-held areas in Raqqa countryside.

The group has further planted hundreds of landmines in villages and along main roads that lead to Raqqa city.

The SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation on 10 December. SDF leaders announced that they’ve so far cleared over 2500 square kilometres of land as part of the campaign.
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US volunteer dies fighting for Kurds
[ARA News] Syrian Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Sunday announced the death of the US volunteer Paolo Todd [aka Kawa Amed] in clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants near Raqqa.

Todd, born in Los Angeles, California, was killed on 15 January while fighting against ISIS in the Suwaydiya village west of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria.

The YPG in an official statement said that the war against ISIS is not only a fight against terrorism, but also a fight for humanity.

“My name is Paolo Todd, I am from California, my Kurdish name is Kawa Amed. I came to Rojava to support Kurdish people and indigenous right around the world,” the US volunteer had said in a video published on social media.

“We are going to go to the frontline, I will be in heavy weapons unit, and I am very happy to do this to support the Kurdish people and Rojava revolution, long live Kurdistan,” he said.

Todd joined the YGP on the 4th of November, 2016.

The YPG in the statement praised the ‘martyrdom’ of Paolo Todd and promised to continue their struggle.

On 16 January, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that three western fighters (one British, one Canadian and one American) that have volunteered in the SDF were killed as part of the Euphrates Wrath Campaign, which was launched on 6 November with support of the US-led coalition.

“In Syria, our partner forces continue the isolation of Raqqa, clearing more than 3,000 square kilometers since the start of their operations,” Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook said last week.

On Sunday, the SDF said they captured the village of Suwaydiya Kabirah, killing at least 85 ISIS fighters.

The SDF have reached the outskirts of Tabqa Dam and they aim to cut off the ISIS supply lines between the two sides of the Euphrates River.
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Syrian army, allies free east Aleppo village from Islamic State’s grip
[Indian Express] The Syrian army and its allies on Sunday drove Islamic State from the village of Soran, east of Aleppo, state media and a military media unit run by Hezbollah reported, bringing them closer to territory held by Turkey-backed rebels. Several overlapping conflicts are being fought in Syria, dragging in regional and global powers as well as the government and local groups, complicating the battlefield in the north of the country and raising the risk of an escalation in the war.

From al-Manar: Syrian Army, Allies Liberate Four Villages East of Aleppo

Syrian army soldiers and fighters from allied popular defense groups have made more gains against members of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group in the country’s northwestern province of Aleppo, pushing terrorists out of four villages.

The media bureau of operations command for the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement announced in a statement on Sunday that Syrian soldiers and their allies had captured the villages of Sora, Moran, Surja al-Saghira and Surja al-Kabira, located about 16 kilometers southwest of al-Bab town, where Turkish-backed Takfiri militants are active.

On August 24, 2016, the Turkish air force and special ground forces kicked off Operation Euphrates Shield inside Syria in a purported bid to support the Free Syrian Army militants and rid the border area of ISIL terrorists and fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD).

The offensive was launched in coordination with the US-led military coalition, which has purportedly been fighting ISIL extremists since 2014.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition
ISIS robs wimmin for their gold
Depending on who you ask, this could be known as taxation.
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An official source revealed that the Islamic State’s Diwan al-Hisba (Treasury) started forming committees to force women to donate a gold jewelry to finance the group in western Mosul, Alsumaria News reported on Sunday.

The source said, “The Islamic State’s Diwan al-Hisba formed committees forcing all women in western Mosul to donate a gold jewelry to finance the group, and imposed sanctions on several women who refused to donate.”

“Members of Diwan al-Hisba in al-Dawasa neighborhood in western Mosul tied up four women and flogged them for refusing to finance the Islamic State group,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

Noteworthy, Islamic State cut the wages of its members after losing a large area of lands that represented an important funding source for the group.
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